A Country of Their Own

Today I gave an extremely successful lecture about Spain’s popular protests of the Indignados. This was one of those classes where even the most Facebook-obsessed students put down their cell phones of their own free will. Everybody listened, participated, and asked questions.

One student asked me the question I still don’t know how to answer.

“If so many people in Spain are unhappy with the two ruling parties, if they don’t believe that these parties defend their interests, why don’t they get rid of both of them? It seems like so many people participated in the protests that they could start a country of their own. If the protesters believe that neither party truly represents them and that there is a profound systemic crisis plaguing the country, why don’t they scarp the entire system and start from scratch?”

Why, indeed?

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